Our Program Goals and Metrics

  • Goal 1: The program will maintain a first-time level of PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam) pass rates above the national average.
    • The five most recent graduating classes as provided by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) compared to the national average will be published once this information becomes available for the Class of 2021.
  • Goal 2: The program will maintain a 90% or better graduation rate for entering PA program students.
    • The five most recent class graduation rates will be published once this information becomes available for the Class of 2021.
  • Goal 3: The deceleration rates for PA program students will be 10% or less for academic reasons.
    • The five most recent class deceleration rates will be published once this information becomes available for the Class of 2021.
  • Goal 4: Among those actively seeking employment, the employment rate for graduates of the PA program will be 90% or greater at twelve months after graduation.
    • The five most recent class employment statistics will be published once this information becomes available for the Class of 2021.  The information will be gathered utilizing a graduate survey 12-months after the class of 2021 graduates.
  • Goal 5: Through its student society, foster service and leadership in the community and the profession.
    • On a yearly basis, the program will publish a list of student society activities that foster service and leadership in the community.

PA Outreach Projects

  • Hanson Circle
    • Delivering meal boxes to low-income families
  • Piedmont Presbyterian
    • Cleaning up church grounds
  • Bethany Presbyterian
    • Cleaning up church grounds
  • Therapeutic Riding Equestrian
    • Cleaning up the barn and painting fences
  • PC Campus Candy Handout
    • Promote the PA profession to undergraduate students
  • SC Empowerment Centre
    • Food pantry boxing
    • Food drive
  • Presbyterian College and First Presbyterian Church Clinton Rise Against Hunger
    • Foods packaging event
  • Ronald McDonald House
    • Cook weekend brunch
  • Red Cross Blood Drive
    • Donation and participation
  • Bridging the Gap
    • Mobile Food Drive
  • PC Move-In Day
    • Covid-19 screening for students and families
  • Total Outreach Hours = 215.5 hours

Program Competencies

The PC PA Program guides students through the acquisition of key program competencies. These competencies represent the knowledge, interpersonal, clinical, and technical skills, professional behaviors, and clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities required for graduation and entry into PA practice.

The PC PA Program Competencies were adapted from the “Competencies of the Physician Assistant Profession” (2012)1, the PAEA’s Core Tasks and Objectives2, the PAEA Core Competencies for New Physician Graduates (2018)3*, the ARC-PA Standards of Accreditation (2018)4, the AAMC’s Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency5, and the NCCPA Exam Content Blueprint6* to fit within the mission of PC PA Program.

The Faculty for the PC PA Program, along with the approval of the Academic, Clinical, and Steering Committees, have reviewed and approved these Program Competencies. This process ensures that the curriculum and assessments are aligned and that the Program Competencies represent the most current standards of medical education, medical care, and student acquisition of learning.

Students will be prepared for certification and clinical practice by demonstrating competency in each of the Program Competencies. Upon completion the program, graduating PA students will:

PC PA Program Defined Competencies: Learning Outcomes

Competency Domain Program Competencies (Learning Outcomes for New Graduates) ARC 5th ed Evaluation within the final four months
Clinical and Technical Skills  CTS1: Adapt approach to patient care based on the acute, chronic, preventative, or emergent setting (Clinical Medicine I, II, III, SCPE’s)
CTS2: Adapt approach to patient care based on differences in age across the lifespan (Clinical Medicine III; Patient Evaluation and Counseling III; Pharmacology III, Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Medicine III, SCPE’s)
CTS3: Elicit medical histories, perform physical examinations, and develop patient-centered management plans (Patient Evaluation and Counseling I, II, III, SCPE’s)
CTS4: Perform common technical skills and procedures in a safe and effective manner (Patient Evaluation and Counseling I, II, III, SCPE’s)
CTS5: Evaluate clinical situations that require referral or consultation (Clinical Medicine I, II, III, SCPE’s)
B2.08a
B2.02d
B2.07
B2.12
B2.09
B3.03
CTSI: OSCE
CTS2: OSCE
CTS3: OSCE
CTS4: practical exam (summative)
CTS5: OSCE, multiple choice exam
Clinical Reasoning & Problem Solving CP1: Locate, appraise, and integrate evidence from scientific studies to improve the care of patients (Research Methods and Evidence Based Medicine, SCPE’s)
CP2: Apply scientific principles to diagnostic and therapeutic clinical decision-making (Clinical Medicine I, II, III, SCPE’s)
CP3: Discern normal and abnormal health states, and develop plans to follow patients’ conditions in an appropriate longitudinal manner (Clinical Medicine I, II, III, SCPE’s)
B2.08a
B2.13
B2.05
B2.07
CP1: PICO paper
CP2: multiple choice exam
CP3: OSE, multiple choice exam
Interpersonal (IP) IP1: Utilize communications skills for the effective exchange of information with patients and their families (Patient Evaluation and Counseling I, II, III, SCPE’s)
IP2: Apply principles of interprofessional practice to work in collaborative health care teams (Introduction to the PA Profession, Clinical Medicine I, Patient Evaluation and Counseling II, Pharmacology III, SCPE’s)
IP3: Utilize compassion and understanding when discussing sensitive topics with patients and their families (Introduction to the PA Profession, SCPE’s)
IP4: Value the diversity of patients, avoid stereotyping, and recognize that patients’ health benefits can affect communication, decision-making, adherence, and health outcomes (Public Health and Disease Prevention, SCPE’s
IP5: Compose accurate and thorough documentation of patient encounters (Patient Evaluation and Counseling I, II, III, SCPE’s)
B2.04
B2.10
B2.06
B2.11c
B2.14
IP1: OSCE
IP2:
IP3: pratical exam (summative)
IP4: practical exam (summative)
IP5: SOAP notes
Medical Knowledge (K) K1: Apply the basic concepts of medical science to the clinical evaluation and management of patients  (Clinical Medicine I, II, III, SCPE’s)
K2: Distinguish signs and symptoms of common medical and surgical conditions (Clinical Medicine I, II, III, SCPE’s)
K3: Select and interpret appropriate routine laboratory and diagnostic tests, including appropriate preventative screening (Clinical Laboratory and Diagnostic Medicine I, II, III, SCPE’s)
K4: Formulate differential diagnoses based on historical, physical exam, and diagnostic information  (Clinical Medicine I, II, III, SCPE’s)
K5: Implement appropriate pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic clinical management strategies for the care of common patient conditions (Pharmacology I, II, III, SCPE’s)
K6: Provide patient-centered education that addresses lifestyle modification, treatment compliance, and patient coping (Patient Evaluation and Counseling I, II, III, SCPE’s)
B1.o1c
B2.02a-e
B2.03
B2.07
B2.12
K1: OSCE, multiple choice exam
K2: OSCE, multiple choice exam
K3: OSCE, multiple choice exam
K4: OSEC
K5: multiple choice exam
K6: OSCE
Professional Behaviors (PB) PB1: Demonstrate a commitment to excellence and an on-going professional development (Introduction to the PA Profession, SCPE’s)
PB2: Demonstrate the principles of honesty, integrity, accountability, and respect, and abide by ethical and professional standards (Biomedical Ethics, Clinical Summative)
PB3: Demonstrate respect for patient privacy by maintaining confidentiality (Introduction to the PA Profession, Biomedical Ethics, Clinical Summative)
PB4: Demonstrate knowledge of the PA profession, its development and trends, and the laws and regulations governing professional practice (Clinical Summative)
PB5: Identify gaps in any medical knowledge or skills and respond positively to criticism or feedback (SCPE’s)
B2.19
B2.17
B2.18
PB1: Preceptor Evaluation of the Student
PB2: Professionalism, Ethics, and Confidentiality Assignment
PB3: Professionalism, Ethics, and Confidentiality Assignment
PB4: PA Profession & Laws Assignment
PB5: Preceptor Evaluation of the Student

References: 

  1. “Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession” (2012). Updated 2012 (ARC-PA, NCCPA, PAEA) and 2013 (AAPA). Accessed Sep 2020. https://www.aapa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/PA-Competencies-updated.pdf
  2. “Core Tasks and Objectives” by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). Reviewed 2018. Access Sep 2020. https://paeaonline.org/assessment/core-tasks-and-objectives/
  3. “Core Competencies for New Physician Assistant Graduates” (2018). Updated 2019. Accessed Sep 2020. https://paealearning.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/core-competencies-for-new-pa-grads-097119.pdf
  4. “Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education, Fourth Edition” By the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (2010). Effective Sep 2019. Accessed Aug 2020. http://www.arc-pa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Standards-5th-Ed-Nov-2019.pdf
  5. “Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency” By the Association of American Medical Colleges (2017). Accessed Sep 2020. https://www.aamc.org/system/files/c/2/484778-epa13toolkit.pdf
  6. “Content Blueprint for PANCE & PANRE” By the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. (2018). Accessed Oct 2018. http://www.nccpa.net/examscontentblueprint

PANCE

The Presbyterian College Physician Assistant Program will publish first-time Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) rates for the five most recent graduating classes as provided by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). We will begin publishing this information once it becomes available.

ARC-PA Student Attrition

Graduated Class Class of 2022 Class of 2021
Maximum Entering Class Size (as approved by ARC-PA) 34 32
Entering Class Size 34 32
Graduates 0 0
* Attrition Rate 0 0
**Graduation rate 0 0

*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.

**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.